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The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing
Written by Lori Alvord and Elizbeth Cohen Van Pelt


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37800-9 (0-553-37800-7)

The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing.

A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord's struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico--and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger... Read more >

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Powerful Medicines
The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs
Written by Jerry Avorn, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3078-1 (1-4000-3078-1)

If you believe that the latest blockbuster medication is worth a premium price over your generic brand, or that doctors have access to all the information they need about a drug’s safety and effectiveness each time they write a prescription, Dr. Jerry Avorn has some sobering news. Drawing on more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Powerful Medicines
The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs
Written by Jerry Avorn, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 17, 2004
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41483-1 (0-375-41483-5)

If you believe that the latest blockbuster medication is worth a premium price over your generic brand, or that doctors have access to all the information they need about a drug’s safety and effectiveness each time they write a prescription, Dr. Jerry Avorn has some sobering news. Drawing on more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Unnatural Death
Confessions of a Medical Examiner
Written by Michael M. Baden


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 28, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0599-6 (0-8041-0599-5)

In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures... Read more >

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Fighting for Life

Written by S. Josephine Baker
Introduction by Helen Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-706-8 (1-59017-706-1)

New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable shops... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cancer in the Community
Class and Medical Authority
Written by Martha Balshem


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-251-7 (1-56098-251-9)

Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in “Tannerstown,” a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia.

“Balshem conducted anthropological research as a means of exploring the limitations and possibilities of community-based approaches to cancer prevention. . . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Comfortably Numb
How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation
Written by Charles Barber


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27495-3 (0-307-27495-0)

American doctors dispense approximately 230 million antidepressant prescriptions every year, more than any other class of medication. Charles Barber explores this disturbing phenomenon, examining the ways in which pharmaceutical companies first create the need for a drug and then rush to fill it. Most importantly, he convincingly argues that, without an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Composing a Further Life
The Age of Active Wisdom
Written by Mary Catherine Bateson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27963-7 (0-307-27963-4)

Mary Catherine Bateson—author of the landmark bestseller Composing a Life—gives us an inspiring exploration of a new life stage that she calls Adulthood II, a result of the longer life spans and greater resources we now enjoy. In Composing a Further Life, Bateson redefines old age as an opportunity to reinvent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dosed
The Medication Generation Grows Up
Written by Kaitlin Bell Barnett


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0134-9 (0-8070-0134-1)

Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven’t heard directly from the “medicated kids” themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Autism Puzzle
Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
Written by Brita Belli
Foreword by Caroline Cox


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-460-2 (1-60980-460-0)

With 1 in 88 American children now affected by autism, The Autism Puzzle is the first book to move beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate to address compelling new evidence that autism may be the result of the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that together impact the brain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Fortunate Man
The Story of a Country Doctor
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73726-1 (0-679-73726-X)

In this quietly revolutionary work of social observation and medical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor and find a universal man--one who has taken it upon himself to recognize his patient's humanity when illness and the fear of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Hundred Days
My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient
Written by David Biro


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70673-8 (0-375-70673-9)

It is a situation we all fear and none of us can imagine: a life-threatening diagnosis. But what if the person receiving the diagnosis—young, physically fit, poised for a bright future—is himself a doctor?

At thirty-one David Biro has just completed his residency and joined his father’s successful dermatology practice. Struck with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers
An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Families
Written by Ralph Blum and Mark M.D. Scholz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-515-0 (1-59051-515-3)

Every year almost a quarter of a million confused and frightened American men are tossed into a prostate cancer cauldron stirred by salespeople representing a multibillion-dollar industry. In this flourishing business, the radical prostatectomy is still the most widely recommended treatment option. Yet a recent and definitive study in the New... Read more >

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The Male Brain

Written by Louann Brizendine, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2753-6 (0-7679-2753-2)

From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly anticipated follow-up. Dr. Brizendine draws upon the latest scientific breakthroughs to show how, through every phase of life, the “male reality” is fundamentally different from the female one. Following the male brain from infancy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fasting Girls
The History of Anorexia Nervosa
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72448-0 (0-375-72448-6)

Winner of The Berkshire Prize in History, The John Hope Franklin Prize for American Studies, The Basker Memorial Prize for Medical Anthropology and The Watson Davis Prize for History of Science


This updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the... Read more >

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Within Reason
Rationality and Human Behavior
Written by Donald Calne


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70322-5 (0-375-70322-5)

Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have revolutionized our understanding of the human mind and human cognition. But what implications do these new findings have for the place of reason--long considered the crowning human faculty that ensured transcendent purpose--in human life? This is the profoundly important question Donald Calne, a leading neurologist and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flock
The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality
Written by Joan Frances Casey and Lynn Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 26, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90732-0 (0-449-90732-5)

When Joan Frances Casey "awoke" on the ledge of a building ready to jump, she did not know how she had gotten there. It wasn't the first time she had blanked out.

After only a few sessions with Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, Casey discovered she had MPD--Multiple Personality... Read more >

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The Cure for Everything
Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness
Written by Timothy Caulfield


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2205-4 (0-8070-2205-5)

A bold look at how commercial agendas distort the real science behind health and fitness studies and misinform the public about how to live a healthy life

Researcher Timothy Caulfield talks with experts in medicine, pharmaceuticals, health and fitness, and even tries out many of the health fads himself, in order... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Dinner Party
Restoring Women to History
Written by Judy Chicago
Contribution by Jane F. Gerhard
Foreword by Arnold L. Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-389-6 (1-58093-389-0)

The official publication celebrating Judy Chicago’s feminist art masterpiece, The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, and an introduction to outstanding women in history.
 
Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party is a defining work of feminist and contemporary art that brought women’s history to light on the national stage when it was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Left-Hander Syndrome
The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness
Written by Stanley Coren


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74468-9 (0-679-74468-1)

If you are among the 10 percent of people who happen to be left-handed, you've had to endure such derisive terms as "gauche" and "a left-handed compliment." At school you may have been forced to write with your right hand. And in another century your proclivity might have gotten you accused... Read more >

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Science Sold Out
Does HIV Really Cause AIDS?
Written by Rebecca Culshaw
Foreword by Harvey Bialy


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-642-0 (1-55643-642-4)

The HIV/AIDS hypothesis remains highly controversial, despite the best efforts of medical and insurance establishments, the government, and the media to promote its acceptance. Rebecca Culshaw spent years researching HIV for her work constructing mathematical models of its interactions with the immune system. Rarely do researchers bite the hand that funds... Read more >

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The Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Written by Charles Darwin


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21463-5 (0-553-21463-2)

Darwin's classic and highly influential work about evolutionary processes and their role in shaping the origin of all species. Read more >

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Frontier Medicine
From the ATlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941
Written by David Dary


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45542-0 (0-307-45542-4)

In this intriguing narrative, David Dary charts how American medicine has evolved since 1492, when New World settlers first began combining European remedies with the traditional practices of the native populations. It’s a story filled with colorful characters, from quacks and con artists to heroic healers and ingenious medicine men, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72899-5 (0-394-72899-8)

A poignant account of her mother's death from cancer. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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